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  • Amputation trial has emotional opening

    By Lisa King
    The Sentinel-News
    The jury trial of a man suing his surgeon for amputating his penis without his consent began Monday in the matter-of-fact manner of any other trial, but it got very personal very quickly.
    Eight women and six men seated in the jury box saw graphic photos of Phillip Seaton’s groin area after what was supposed to have been a simple circumcision performed by Dr. John Patterson at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville in 2007.

  • Photos help police nab burglary suspect

    If the man who police say admitted robbing Sparks General Store earlier this month decides to continue his career in crime, he might want to consider a mask and a way to hide the license plates on his car.
    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Dale Harmon of Mackville, Washington County on Sunday, charging him with third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking, according to a news release.

  • Woman still missing

    The search continued Tuesday for a missing Lawrenceburg woman, the Kentucky State Police confirmed.
    Holly Stewart, 35, has been missing since last Wednesday. She was last seen in downtown Lawrenceburg wearing a red and white striped shirt, tan pants and black boots, according to the state police.
    She has brown or auburn hair.
    The state police issued a missing person alert around 9:46 p.m. Saturday, asking for the public’s help in trying to locate Stewart.
    On Monday, Det. Kevin Calhoon said the police are still hoping to determine where she is.

  • Conway wants health director fired

    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said Monday that he wants the director of the Anderson County Health Department fired and the chairman of the Anderson County of Board of Health to resign.
    Conway said he will make a motion to fire embattled health director Brandon Hurley when the health board meets again in October, just days after requesting his resignation during last Wednesday’s quarterly board of health meeting.

  • Coneys, burgers and smiles

    When given the choice between a coney from the Fairgrounds Drive-In or a meal of chicken nuggets, Holly Chrisman, 4, never hesitated.
    “She wanted the coney from Fairgrounds,” said her mother Becky Meadows, who joined dozens Monday afternoon at the popular eatery on Broadway that had just reopened after being closed due to a New Year’s Eve fire.
    The little girl wasn’t alone in her enthusiasm. Liz Marquardt said she was thrilled when she drove by and noticed that the original fast-food restaurant in Lawrenceburg was once again open.

  • State police searching for missing Lawrenceburg woman

    An Anderson County woman last seen Wednesday around 3 p.m. in downtown Lawrenceburg has been reported missing.

    The Kentucky State Police issued an alert at 9:46 p.m. Saturday night, saying they need the public’s help in locating Holly Stewart, 35.

    She was last seen wearing a red and white striped shirt, tan pants and black boots, according to a news release.

    She has brown and auburn hair.

    No other details were immediately available.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the state police at 502-227-2221 or 800-222-5555.
    Check back here for details as they become available.

  • Crumbling fire halls spark tax rate increase

    The Anderson County Fire District voted unanimously last Thursday for a 4 percent increase in revenue, the maximum it could take without being subjected to a public recall of the decision.
    That decision will increase the rate property owners will pay from 63 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation to 66 cents, meaning the tax bill on a home assessed at $100,000 will increase $3.
    Board members said the decision will increase the department’s revenue by $34,000 in the coming year, which is needed to begin addressing crumbling fire stations.

  • City-appointed commission seeks to create, control historic district

    If you preserve it, revitalization will come.
    That’s the hope of the historic district commission, an entity appointed by the city council in 2006 that seeks to establish an official historic district in Lawrenceburg, beginning at Carlton Street near the cemetery to just beyond the current Early Childhood Center.
    The commission’s purpose is the preservation of history, Commission Chairman George Geoghegan said. But what most concerns him is historic property in poor repair.

  • Fiscal court raises tax rate 3.25%

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted unanimously Friday afternoon to increase the tax rate property owners pay by 3.25 percent.
    The rate increased from $1.23 per $1,000 of assessed value to $1.27, meaning that the amount the fiscal court receives on a piece of property assessed at $100,000 will increase from $123 to $127.
    The decision will give the fiscal court an additional $63,000 in revenue for the coming year, and represents what is called the compensating rate, the formula for which is provided by the state’s Department of Local Government.

  • Bike rally a roaring success

    Saturday’s National Guard bike rally at the Lawrenceburg Healing Field raised more than $28,000, exceeding the expectations of its organizers.
    “It was fantastic for a first year’s event,” organizer Col. Charles Jones of the Kentucky National Guard said.
    About 500 bikes lined up inside the Anderson County Fairgrounds, bringing more than 580 people for an afternoon of barbecue, live music, booths, raffle tickets and door prizes.
    A L29 Cold War era jet made an appearance, flying over the heads of the rally goers.